DAN LOCKLAIR (b 1949 )
The music of Dan Locklair is widely performed throughout the US, Canada and the world. His prolific output includes symphonic works, a ballet, an opera and many solo, chamber, vocal and choral compositions. Locklair’s music has been premiered and/or performed by numerous ensembles across the US, including the Buffalo Philharmonic, The Louisville Orchestra, the Cathedral Choral Society (Washington, DC), the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and The Chicago Ensemble, as well as internationally by the Helsinki Philharmonic, the BBC Singers, and musicians such as Igor Kipnis, Jukka Tiensuu, Marilyn Keiser and Thomas Trotter, among many others.
His 1995 composition, Since Dawn, is the first musical setting of Maya Angelou’s On the Pulse of Morning, commissioned for the 1993 inauguration of Bill Clinton as President of the United States. One of the movements of his organ work Rubrics was performed at the funerals of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. His commissions have included works for Arizona MusicFest, the North Carolina Dance Theatre, two National Conventions of the American Guild of Organists (1992, 1996), the Virginia Chorale and Symphony (for the 2007 Virginia Festival of American Voices, resident composer), Casavant Frères (for the organ builder’s 125th anniversary in 2004), an IBM commission for the Binghamton Youth Symphony, and a Barlow Endowment commission among many others.
In addition to performances of his music in prestigious venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Locklair’s works have been programmed on major festivals throughout the world and broadcast internationally.
Locklair’s many awards have included consecutive ASCAP Awards since 1981. His vast discography includes releases by labels such as Convivium, Albany, Loft, Ondine and MSR Classics.
Locklair is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He holds postgraduate degrees from the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York City and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He is currently composer-in-residence and Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.